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5 Fun Facts About April 18 In Mississippi History

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1. On April 18, 1865, in Columbus, Mississippi, a train carrying Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union forces. This event marked the end of the Civil War and the fall of the Confederacy.

2. On April 18, 1983, a tornado outbreak swept across Mississippi, killing 21 people and causing widespread damage. The tornadoes were part of a larger outbreak that affected several states in the Southeastern United States.

3. On April 18, 2009, the Mississippi State University baseball team played its first game in its newly-built stadium, Dudy Noble Field. The stadium is considered one of the best in college baseball and has a seating capacity of over 15,000.

4. On April 18, 1970, the University of Southern Mississippi hosted its first international festival. The festival was aimed at promoting cultural understanding and featured performances, food, and crafts from countries around the world.

5. On April 18, 1898, the USS Vicksburg was launched from a shipyard in San Francisco, California. The Vicksburg was a naval cruiser named after the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, which played a significant role in the Civil War.
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